I couldn't believe our poor showing this afternoon, but more importantly I couldn't believe how bad our crowd is. It's no wonder so many players refuse to come here when our home crowd is more of a 6 man for the enemy. I think the worst part of this whole situation is that the other teams can't believe its happening.
Jameer Nelson said "I don't think that is right for any players. Everybody has a right to do what they want at a game because they pay their money, but at the same time he is out there fighting and playing hard. You shouldn't boo the guy, he is an all-star and is great for this team. I don't think he deserves to get booed, I don't think the team deserves to get booed."
Nelson is right. To be a fan means more than jumping on the bus when we're winning. Being a fan means being a fan always. So many of our current fans are quick to blame our players, quick to blame management, coaching but who would want to play for fans who will throw you under the bus the moment things start to get ugly. I'm not saying fans have no right to complain, we can and should comment on games, discuss the team and give our thoughts but all of this should be left at the gate to the ACC. When tip off happens, you should be happy to be there to support your team, no matter who or what they have.You don't see players booing each other because they want someone gone, or someone benched. Carter was one of the few to do so, to express how he felt, to complain about the team as much as the fans complained about the team, yet we boo him. Why boo him for giving up when we gave up on them as well? Imagine how the NBA would be if players acted like the Toronto Raptors crowd. We would have a sea of players without character, integrity or loyalty,an abundance of Vince Carters throwing in the towel.
I remember reading something about how the Raptors were doing so well in ticket sales and attendance within the NBA. Quite frankly, I'd rather see 5000 fans in the building that are going to support the team no matter what, 5000 true fans.
For all you fans who are quick to boo Bosh or any of the Raptors, I hope you have something to smile and cheer about when they start wearing different jerseys. After all, you practically forced them to.